Vauxhall Crossland Review 2023

Vauxhall Crossland At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
There are some really tempting deals available on the Vauxhall Crossland, and it's a very versatile choice. Ultimately, though, the majority of buyers would be better stretching to a Ford Puma or Skoda Kamiq.

+Practical inside with lots of space and a good-sized boot. Impressive engines shared with the Peugeot 2008. All models get a touchscreen system and climate control. More stylish from 2021.

-Drab interior layout. Cheap material quality. Wallowing suspension and numb steering.

New prices start from £17,110
Insurance Groups are between 13–18
On average it achieves 71% of the official MPG figure

The Vauxhall Crossland is a family-friendly, spacious and comfortable small SUV. It also comes with good engine choices and generous standard kit. But it’s let down by a depressingly drab interior layout and a sloppy driving experience, which makes it difficult to recommend in a very competitive class - even though it does represent good value for money. Our Vauxhall Crossland review explains all.

Formerly badged the Vauxhall Crossland X, the Crossland lost the 'X' from its name when it was facelifted in 2021. At the same time, it was updated with a trendy blanked-off front grille and LED headlights were fitted across the range.

The Vauxhall Crossland is of the Peugeot-Citroen era of Vauxhalls (they're now all part of mega brand Stellantis), meaning it uses the impressive 1.2-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engines found in a number of French alternatives. The entry-level 83PS 1.2 is best avoided, but the other engines are impressive, with plenty of punch, and acceptable noise levels.

It's easy to drive, although it's far from as sharp or direct as a SEAT Arona or Ford Puma. It's wallows about quite considerably – you'll notice it pitching on the brakes, while you better have secured your shopping if you turn sharply. Vauxhall improved the steering and the suspension with the 2021 Crossland update, but it's still not the most planted of small SUVs.

The waning popularity of MPVs means the Vauxhall Crossland effectively replaced the old Meriva so, despite its small crossover looks, there is a decent amount of space for families.

There’s plenty of rear legroom, loads of headroom and a sizeable boot. A sliding rear bench helps with practicality, although a Skoda Kamiq would be a better choice if you're after outright space.

It might be practical inside the cabin, but there’s no style or flair to the execution. The plastics feel scratchy and look cheap, which is a shame because there are some high-end features like a standard-fit seven- or eight-inch touchscreen system. This generously includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, so you can use lots of smartphone apps safely when on the go.

If you really don't care about the driving experience or need a plush cabin, the Vauxhall Crossland represents good value for money and includes a generous amount of standard equipment. But this is a very competitive class, and most buyers will be better looking elsewhere.

Ask Honest John

Is there a limit to how long you can leave a trickle charger connected?

"I see you have recommend the CTEK MXS in the past. Would it be suitable for my 2022 Vauxhall Crossland which, due to my unexpected poor health, is now only covering 2000 miles a year? Is there any limit on how long it can stay connected? The stop/start has already stopped working because of lack of use."
The CTEK is a trickle charger we would recommend because it has a lot of safety features, comes with a five year warranty and also offers graduated charging, so it reduces the amount of charge fed to the battery depending on its current state. This means it is ideal for long-term storage and there's no limit to how long it can be connected.
Answered by David Ross

Why is the Vauxhall Crossland X rated worse than the Peugeot 2008?

"If these two cars are essentially the same and built on the same line at the factory, why does the Crossland have a poor handling report while the 2008 does not?"
The Vauxhall Crossland X is set up with a focus on comfort while the Peugeot 2008 is a bit sportier. That means the Crossland X is quite soft, soaking up bumps in the road well but rolling a bit more in the corners. The Peugeot 2008, with its small steering wheel and firmer suspension, feels more agile.
Answered by Andrew Brady

Do you recommend the Vauxhall Crossland X?

"I'm thinking of buying a second-hand Vauxhall Crossland X. Is this a good car? I would appreciate your thoughts on this make and model of SUV."
A Crossland X is based on the same platform as a Citroen C3 Aircross and the new Vauxhall Corsa. it's very similar to a Peugeot 2008. Test here: Only one report of any problems so far, which is excellent for a model now more than two years old:
Answered by Honest John

Should I use Shell V-Power in my 1.2 Puretech engine?

"I have Vauxhall Crossland X 1.2T 130PS and intended to use Shell V-Power fuel to keep the components as clean as possible. After reading the owners manual, it recommends 95 Ron - 98 Ron. As Shell V-Power is 99 Ron, would this be suitable to use in this engine or should I use BP Ultimate, which on the pump says 97 Ron? I don't want to cause any damage with a higher Ron than manufactures recommend."
Put it this way, I ran a Peugeot 308 with the 1.2 PureTech 130 for 12,000 miles on Shell V-Power and it ran beautifully: bags of power and torque and a brim to brim average of 48.58mpg.
Answered by Honest John
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